No. 32: “Rainy Day Fun”

No. 32: “Rainy Day Fun”

No. 32: “Rainy Day Fun”

Testing your knowledge of what happened this week
April 17 1998 3:30 AM

No. 32: “Rainy Day Fun”

No. 32: "Rainy Day Fun"

By Randy Cohen

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The list is: Drink antifreeze; eat a lot of loquat seeds; swallow an 18 inch stick; walk in front of a tour bus. List of what?

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by noon ET Thursday to e-mail your answer (NewsQuiz@slate.com).

Responses to Tuesday's question (No. 31)--"$353":

$353. What is the significance of this sum?

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"The service charge for a counter deposit at the soon-to-be-formed FirstCitiTravelersNationsBankOneAmerica."--Dan Kois (Gloria Howard was similarly skeptical of the economies of scale.)

"Wow. This is weird. $353 is the exact amount you'd have to pay me to sit through five minutes of My Giant."--Jon Hotchkiss

"Amount Randy paid me for News Quiz No. 30. How much did all of you get?"--Patty Marx

"Average amount the American family spends annually on ferret diapers, and boy, was I careful in spelling the word 'annually.' "--Bill Franzen

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"Average tax an upper-income Dick Armey contributor would pay under Armey's flat tax proposal."--Gary Frazier

"I was audited. They asked me. I didn't know then. I don't know now."--Alfa-Betty Olsen (similar angle but with a frightening detour past the Pleasure Chest, Steve Radlauer)

"Record price paid for a Toblerone from a hotel room honor bar by a populist documentary filmmaker."--Chris Kelly

Click for more responses.

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Randy's Wrap-Up

While not the answer I was seeking, $353 will buy you about 200 blades for the forthcoming Gillette Mach 3 razor, the triple-bladed successor to the company's twin-blade Sensor razor. Pay $1.70 for a razor blade? Yes--for a razor blade that travels three times the speed of sound! Maybe not that fast. But it is a razor blade with 35 patents, five years of R & D at a cost of $375 million, and a very cool name. The hardest part? It had to have been shouting down a lot of hotheads with their crazy scheme for some kind of futuristic four-blade razor.

John Darman, VP for business management for male shaving, says, "Mach 3 establishes an entirely new performance zone and makes all previous products seem old."

I've never felt more stubbly.

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Penny-Wise Answer

As Larry Amaros and several others knew (take my word for it, or click), $353 is the amount Al and Tipper Gore gave to charity last year, less than two-tenths of 1 percent of their $197,729 income.

Leftovers

"We do it with grace, with taste, with dignity."--Sheila Nevins, senior VP of HBO's documentary division, producers of Real Sex 19 and Shock Video 2.

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